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OAS Convenes First Stakeholder Meeting on Natural Disaster Mitigation

  October 3, 2014

A special stakeholder meeting convened this week by the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC, agreed on the need for increased support and focus on natural disaster mitigation and climate change issues.

The Group of Friends on Natural Disaster Mitigation brought together, for the first time, representatives of countries across the Hemisphere, OAS Permanent Observer countries, representatives of several key inter-American institutions, and others to collaborate and co-ordinate mitigation efforts and potential projects, on a regular basis.

Addressing the meeting, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza said, “Natural Disaster Mitigation is a crucial issue for our member states. Many have already felt the impact of disasters, and continue to do so. This is about working together and coordinating with each other, so that countries can become more proactive in addressing vulnerabilities.”

Chair of the Group of Friend on Natural Disaster Mitigation, OAS Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin, agreed saying, “This Group encourages collaboration and consultation among all stakeholders, so that practical steps can be taken to both assess and provide coordinated support to vulnerable countries.”

The meeting saw presentations from the OAS’ Risk Management and Adaptation to Climate Change Program, and updates from other stakeholders within the inter-American system. A formal meeting on Disaster Risk Management is scheduled to take place in Washington, DC, on November 25-26, 2014, and will bring together experts from across the Hemisphere.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-415/14